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Vermont State Shipping Regulations

These are the Vermont state shipping regulations, DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

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Vermont state DOT trucking regulations for heavy haul and oversize shipping.  Legal limits, pilot cars, requirements, road conditions and even a little more.

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Weather, trucks, pilots.

Legal load max.

Routine permits.

Travel times.

Pilot cars needed?

Pilot car requirements.

Vermont DOT.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Vermont State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

Utah State Shipping Regualtions

Utah State Shipping Regualtions
Utah oversize shipping regulations and permits.

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Utah State Shipping and DOT Regulations.

Utah State shipping regulations.

Utah State shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways with the DOT. These are the Utah state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.  If you are shipping over the legal size and weight you will need a Utah DOT permit in able to operate your truck on the roads and highways in this state. Research the information carefully and be sure to verify all of it with the state before you ship anything. The material below is for your research reference but in no way do we certify the information to be correct as ultimately it is up to the state which can change trucking laws at any time.  We thank you for using our service.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Utah pilot car and heavy haul trucking companies:

Utah pilot cars and truck escorts.
Utah heavy haul trucking company directory.

Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: Trailers 48′ on some routes and 53′ on others.  This is trailer length.  We can’t find overall legal length so if you know please comment below to help others, thanks!
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Up to 90′ long on a single unit and 110′ on a combined unit.  If shipment is over 81′ long there must be visibility of over 1,000′, the wind must be under 45 MPH and there must me NO accumulation of ice or snow on the roadway.
Width: Up to 18′ wide depending on routing.
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 25,000 lbs. (reported up to 29,500 lbs), tandem axle 55,000 lbs., tridem axle 65,000 lbs., 74,000 lbs. with a gross weight determined by your axle configurations. For loads exceeding 150,000 pounds expect permit issuance time delays.  UT bridge calculations link.
Overhang: Case by case basis.  Figure less than 1/3 of item being shipped overall length.

Notes: Utah has a lot of rules.  All loads in excess of 175′ in length MUST have 1 police escort.  Loads in excess of 200′ must have 2 police escorts.  Exception: shipment is unladen (decked).

Mobile homes in excess of 16 feet wall-to-wall width will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department. Contact Headquarters Port of Entry at 801-965-4508 for information.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset rule applies. If your shipment exceeds in excess of 92′ in length, 10′ in width or 14′ in height you may NOT travel Monday – Friday during the hours of 6-9 am and 3:30 pm until 6 am in any of the following locations;

  • South of Perry, UT exit 360 when in Box Elder County.
  • Davis, Salt lake and Weber Counties.
  • Utah County; Mile post 16, North of the I-15 and SR-75 interchange, exit 265 and SR-68.

Weekend travel is permitted is some areas but not many. The Utah DOT has a maze of Yes and No’s as well as sometimes.  No travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day – and Pioneer day (July 24th).  If the holiday is on a Friday all travel stops by 2 pm on Thursday and does not resume until Tuesday morning.  Utah DOT will shut down oversize travel ANYTIME there is an abundance of traffic on the roads as noted during the first week of hunting season.  The Saturday closest to October 20th will be shut down and operations will not resume again until Monday morning.  Excessive weather will shut it down as well.

When pilot cars are required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If shipment is over 110′ long you will require 1 front and one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If shipment is over 14′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: All depends on proposed routing. If height of load exceeds 15′ you will “probably” be required to have a front high pole escort but not positively. If height is 17′ you will more than likely be required to have a high pole escort in the front of the load. Call and speak with them directly for clarification.
Weight: Check with the Utah port of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: No specified limits. This is something they like to see for themselves at the ports. If your load is secure and safe looking but not too long overall and have flags/amber lights then you will possibly not be required to have a pilot car.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

A pilot car (escort) driver MUST have some sort of certified training to operate in the state of Utah. You can complete their course of IF your states course is approved by Utah you can operate in lieu of that. Approved states at the time of this publishing are CO, FL, OK, NC and WA states.  You also have to have a minimum of $75,000.00 in liability insurance.  For more information on operating in this state contact Utah Motor Carriers Port of Entry and ask about Certification Program Rule 912.

Your appropriate sign must be mounted on the very top of your vehicle. This sign must be no less than 5′ in width and 10″ in height with a yellow background will black letters no less than 8″ in height and 1″ thick.  An extra banner that is no less than 7′ x 18″ in case the load looses the one that marks it and it must state “OVERSIZE LOAD”. You must have 2 – 6″ (minimum) amber warning lights mounted on each side of the sign.  The lights must either rotate or strobe and be rated at 1,000 candle power visible 360 degrees from at minimum distance of 500′. These are required to be mounted on a lightbar.  It should be noted that the amber lights must be AAMVA certified. You must have a CB radio or 2-way communication device (POWERFUL) and be in constant contact with the truck driver of the shipment at ALL times. The pilot car must also carry the following; 24″ minimum size stop/slow hand held paddle sign, 8 igniting and burning road flares, 8 reflective road triangles, hard hat, reflective safety vest or jacket, large flashlight that runs on DC batteries with additional batteries, 3 orange traffic cones with a minimum height of 18″, non-conductive height measuring device (height pole), fire extinguisher with electrical rating and a first aid kit.  Of course your vehicle must have a jack, spare time and a lug wrench.

Pilot car (escort vehicles) must have a maximum weight of 12,000 pounds and the wheelbase of the vehicle must be a minimum of 96″ to qualify.

Utah DOT
Utah Department of Transportation information and more:

Contact information:
Physical address
Utah Department of Transportation
PO Box 148240
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT  84114

Email: Help our other viewers by leaving a helpful state heavy haul email contact below.
Help telephone line: 801-965-4508
Fax: 801-965-4399
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:o0 pm

Ports of entry:
Echo: 435-289-3122, Daniels: 435-654-1091, Kanab: 435-644-5871, Monticello: 435-587-2662, Peerless: 435-472-3401, Perry: 435-734-9414, Saint George: 435-673-3651 and Wendover: 435-665-2274

Utah Highway Patrol: 801-965-4518

 

NOTE:  Utah is full of regulations. If you have more info please help others and leave it below.  Thank you! 

Utah state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking - DOT permits.

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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Utah DOT Regulations & Permits Office before commencing movement.

Texas State Shipping Regulations

Texas State Shipping Regulations

These are the Texas State shipping regulations, limitations, DOT trucking permit rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Texas oversize and overweight shipping regulations and DOT trucking permit limitations.

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State trucking regulations for heavy haul.
State Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits.
State DOT trucking permit information.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Texas state:

Texas pilot car company directory.
Texas trucking company directory.

Legal load limits.

Texas legal shipping & load limits:

Legal Loads:
Length: Trailer length maximum is 65′ – WE NEED THIS CONFIRMED PLEASE COMMENT BELOW.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’  tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 3′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: 125′ long.
Width: 15′ wide.
Height: Texas is a pretty liberal state on height as 18′ 11″ in the mark for route survey.
Weight: Texas DOT is incredible; 200,000 pounds routine permits!  Single 25,000 lbs., Tandem axles: 46,000 lbs. maximum. Tridum: 60,000 lbs max. Quad: 70,000 lbs., 5 axles 81,400 maximum. If you axles are 10′ in width you can get 60,000 on a trunnion. On restricted routes: Single: 22,500 lbs, tandem: 41,400 lbs, tridum: 54,000 lbs, quad: 63,000 lbs, 5 axles 73,260, trunnion: 54,000, 5 axels gross weight 105,000, 6 axels: 119,000, 7 axles: 129,000 lbs, 8 axles depends on your axle configurations.
Overhang: Go again Texas DOT!  Front overhang is 25′ and rear overhang is 30′ in length for routine DOT trucking permits.  Incredible!

Legal travel times.

Travel times and restrictions:

The one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset rule applies.  No night time travel is permitted in the state of Texas if the shipment is in excess of 100′ long or 10′ wide on the Interstate highways only.  If the shipment is ONLY overweight it may travel at night on any roads.  Weekend travel is permitted.  You can travel on some holidays but there are some limits;  if the length is in excess of 110′ long, height is in excess of 16′ or width is excess of 14′ you may NOT travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  The Texas state DOT permit office is closed on these days as well.  Texas does have a LOT of travel time curfews in high density traffic areas.  These typically range from 6-9 am and 3-6 pm (this is NOT exact).  Each permit issued by the Texas DOT will specifically state exactly what the curfew law is.  In fact, the permit is NOT valid without the curfew laws attached to it.

When pilot cars are required.

When pilot car or escort vehicle is needed:
Length: If shipment is over 110′ in length and up to 125′ you will need 1 pilot car in the rear.  Over 125′ in length requires 1 pilot car (escort) in the front and 1 on the rear.
Width: Shipments 14′ to 16′ wide will require 1 pilot car vehicle in the front on a 2 lane road and 1 on the rear on a 4 lane road.  If shipment is in excess of 16′ 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) will be required on all shipments on all roads and highways.
Height: If height of load exceeds 17′ a front high pole car is required. If the shipment is over 18′ in height you will be required to have 1 high pole and 1 rear escort.
Weight: If the shipment is able to maintain minimum speeds no escort vehicle is required.
Overhang: Since the time of this publishing the laws is as follows:  Front overhang up to 25′ on a 2 land road requires 1 pilot car (escort) in the front.  On a 4 lane front overhang up to 25′ requires 1 pilot car (escort) on the rear.  Rear overhang; over 20′ but not more than 30′ requires one pilot car (escort) on the rear of shipment.

Pilot car certifications.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display either both bumpers or 1 roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” sign (which ever is applicable) visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle and only displayed while working. Sign must be at least 5′ long but no greater than 7′ and 12″ in height but no greater than 18″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8″ in height but no more than 10″ in height and lettering must be a minimum of 1.4″ in width.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (if rotating 8″ base is required) (or strobe) amber colored flashing or strobe light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in constant communication with all parties assigned to the movement.

It is only our express opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Texas DOT information and notes.

Texas DOT and permit contact information:

Physical address:
Texas State Department of Transportation
4000 Jackson Avenue
Austin, TX  78731-2483

EmailSizeWeight@txdmv.gov
Help telephone line: 800-299-1700 – option 1 or 5.
Fax: 512-465-3565
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday until 2 PM.
Central Time Zone

Texas road & highway conditions.

Click here for the Texas state DOT website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Texas State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
Texas oversize and overweight regulations for DOT trucking permits.

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Tennessee State Shipping Regulations

Tennessee State Shipping Regulations

Tennessee state shipping regulations, DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Tennessee state shipping regulations DOT permit limitations and shipping regulations.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge of California state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

 

Tennessee Trucking & pilot car directory.
Tennessee trucking and pilot car directory.

Tennessee pilot cars and truck escorts.
Tennessee trucking company directory.
Order Tennessee oversize trucking permits.

Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: 50′ from the kingpin to the rear of the trailer or load that is on the trailer.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6″  tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs  GVW.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 4′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: 120′ long overall.
Width: 16′ wide.
Height: 15′ about does it for TN on most routes.
Weight: Single 20,000 lbs, tandem, 40,000 lbs, tridum 60,000 lbs, quadem, 80,000 lbs.  Gross weight on 5 axles is 100,000 pounds, 6 axles 120,000 pounds, 7 axles 140,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds.  Once you hit 150,000 pounds that’s in in TN.  You are going to have to be approved by the “higher ups” before they grant permission for your shipment to move.
Overhang: Depends on routing.  10′ is probably not going to be a problem but much more than that is going to create delays.  Over 1/3 of actual item being shipped length is not going to go over real well.  Consider a different trailer is you are time sensitive.

Legal Travel Times.
Travel times and restrictions:

The one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset basic rule applies. No travel on Sunday (is this for overweight too?  Please leave comments below to help others). Night time travel for overweight is not a problem as long as minimum speed limit can be maintained by carrier.  Anything other than over-weight is daylight travel only for the most part.  On top of that in high density traffic areas they will shut you down during the typical hours of 6-9 am and 3-6 pm depending on which municipality you are traveling through.  On the following holidays no travel: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  The Tennessee state DOT permit office is closed on these days as well and additionally on:  Martin Luther King day, Presidents day, Columbus day, Veterans day and the day after Thanksgiving however travel is not restricted on any of these days if it is not on a Sunday.

When pilot cars are needed.
When pilot car or escort vehicle is needed:

Length: If shipment is over 85′ 1″ in length .
Width: If shipment is under 10′ wide you will need no pilot cars (escorts).  Shipments 10′ to 12′ wide will require 1 pilot car in the front on a 2 lane road is the distance from one side of the road to the other is less than 24′ in width.  If your load is over 12′ wide up to 14′ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 read pilot car (escort) on all 2 lane roads and highways. If your loads measures 12′ t0 14′ in width and you are traveling on a 4 lane highway you will need only 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle).  If your shipment is 14′ to 16′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle).
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole car is required.
Weight: If the shipment is able to maintain minimum speeds no escort vehicle is required.
Overhang: Case by case.  You will have to call depending on routing.  If you have any additional information on overhang please comment below in order to help others.  Thank you.

NOTE:  Mobile homes exception.  All mobile homes up to 16′ wide will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car.  Mobile homes are also allowed to travel on every day except Sunday.  Travel times are 9 am until 4 pm with all day travel permitted on Saturdays.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

Tennessee state shipping regulations state that all pilot cars/escort vehicles must display either both bumpers or 1 roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” sign (which ever is applicable) visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle and only displayed while working. Sign must be at least 5′ long but no greater than 7′ and 12″ in height but no greater than 18″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8″ in height but no more than 10″ in height and lettering must be a minimum of 1.4″ in width.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (if rotating 8″ base is required) (or strobe) amber colored flashing or strobe light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in constant communication with all parties assigned to the movement.

It is only our express opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Tennessee DOT.
Tennessee DOT and permit contact information:

Physical address:
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
505 Deadrick Street, 3rd floor
Nashville, TN  37243-0031

Email:
Help telephone line: 615-741-5196 or 615-741-3821
Fax: 615-256-5894
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone

Click here for the Tennessee state DOT website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

Tennessee road & highway conditions.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Tennessee State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Tennessee state oversize trucking DOT regulations and permits.

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South Dakota State Shipping Regulations

South Dakota State Shipping Regulations

South Dakota state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

South Dakota oversize and overweight trucking regulations and DOT permits

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State trucking regulations for heavy haul.

State Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits
State DOT Trucking Information

South Dakota trucking company & pilot cars.
Locate trucking companies & pilot cars in South Dakota:

South Dakota pilot car directory.
South Dakota trucking company directory.

Legal load limitations.
Legal Loads:

Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the rear and 6′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Since STATE NAME has no said length restrictions you overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: 16′ wide on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.  Up to 20′ wide on Interstate highways has been approved routinely.
Height: 15′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes. Anything taller than that off of the main roads should prepare to have a route survey performed.
Weight: STATE NAME is somewhat difficult in weight determination. If you are over 120,000 lbs or have any extremely heavy axle groupings you will be considered a super-load. All applications for permits will a computer analysis done with anything that fails being then evaluated by the district bridge supervisor for further review. If you are under 100,000 pounds and main road routing proposed you will probably get permitted routinely. Remember this however; anything for any amount of time can happen in this state when extreme weights are considered.
Overhang: It doesn’t get much better than this; 30′ rear and 15′ front for overhang.

Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

Important info:  See the South Dakota DOT current route restriction report.  No weekend travel is permitted in STATE. You can request to travel on the weekend when you are applying for your permit however. They have been known to grant weekend travel to loads that are say 14′ in width or a little on the heavy side but do not count on approval. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The permit office is also closed on these days as well.

When pilot cars are required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If load is 75′ to 95′ on a 2 load road you will need one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: 10′ 6″ to 12′ wide on a 2 lane road requires 1 front pilot car. On a 4 lane road up to 12′ wide requires no escorts. When load is 12′ 1″ to 14′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required on all 2 lane roads and 1 rear on all 4 lane roads. For loads 14′ 1″ – 15′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required. 15′ 1″ to 16′ wide on 2 lane requires 2 front pilot cars (escorts) and 1 rear pilot car (escort). On 4 all lane roads 1 front and 2 rear pilot cars (escorts) are required. If you do have a permit for weekend travel you will be required to have a police escort. Districts and Parkways may require additional escorts as well. Vehicles traveling with a width of over 14′ wide will not be allowed to travel on Fridays except on Parkway. Maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by police escort if over 15′.
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole card is required. For South Dakota vertical clearances they have a list of the bridge heights online here.
Weight: Check with the State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 10′ on 2 or 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car (escort) is required. If rear overhang exceeds 10′ on a 2 or 4 lane road one rear escort is required.

South Dakota bridge weight limit map.

Pilot car requirements and certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight over over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturer’s gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.

South Dakota DOT
South Dakota DOT information:

Physical address:
South Dakota Division of Highway Patrol
Capitol Building, Pierre, SD  57501-5070
Charleston, WV 25305

Email: wayne.j.kessinger@wv.gov
Help telephone line: 605-773-7144
Fax: 605-773-7144
Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 5:o0 pm
Central Time Zone

Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the South Dakota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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South Carolina State Shipping Regulations

South Carolina State Shipping Regulations

South Carolina DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highway and roads.

South Carolina shipping regulations.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge with others visitors below.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in South Carolina state:

South Carolina trucking company directory.
South Carolina pilot car company directory.

Legal load limits.
Legal load sizes and weights:

Length: 60′ is the overall maximum length allowed without a permit.
Width: 8′ 6″ in the maximum legal width allowed to travel on state roads.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal height allowed to travel without a permit.
Weight: 80,000 lbs maximum GVW is the maximum weight permitted to travel without a permit.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear is the maximum permitted overhang for legal travel.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking permits for overweight and oversize loads that are handled on a daily basis:

Length: 125′ in length pretty much is the maximum for routing permits. 100′ in length is the maximum on mobile homes. Overhang see; escort requirements below but the maximum is about 15′ in length.
Width: 16′ in width is the maximum allowed on a routine permit. Over this width depending on routing and you may become a superload.
Height: 16′ in height is about the maximum. Anything over 16′ in height and you start to run into trouble. Any shipment that is over 16′ in height will be required to have a route survey done prior to getting a permit issued. Also your routing requires that the overall height of your shipment is a minimum of 6″ less that any obstructions on the route in order to get that route approved routinely.
Weight: Single axle maximum weight: 20,000 lbs, tandem axle maximum weight is 40,000 lbs, tridum axle maximum weight is 50,000 lbs, quadem axle maximum weight is 70,000 lbs, 5 axle maximum weight is 90,000 lbs, 6 axle maximum weight is 110,000 lbs, 7 axle maximum weight is 130,000 lbs. Anything over 130,000 lbs in weight is a superload and will need to have a bridge analysis done. See superload section below.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 15′ of rear overhang is about all you are going to get. You can call for more information but expect trouble.
Notes: South Carolina DOT is pretty tough on shipments that exceed any of these weight/dimensions. So if you are a boat shipper you’d better figure out a way to cut that fly-bridge off, sorry and don’t shoot the messenger.

Superload information.
We have the following information available on superloads:

As far as length goes you can get some play as long as your routing keeps you away from historic areas. Width is the same thing with traffic density and population considered. Height is big trouble with the South Carolina DOT. You will be required to have a pilot car with you at all times if you are over 16′ in height for sure. Count on a full route survey for shipments over the 16′ in height and remember that they are NOT going to want to let you travel ANY route where the clearance is less than the required 6″ overage in height. So if you are 18′ in height then the obstruction on the proposed route needs to be a minimum of 18′ 6″ in height or you are going to have delays in getting your permit. Weight is a serious issue if you want to cross over ANY bridges so if your shipment is over 130,000 lbs in overall gross weight get ready for bridge studies and time delays. Our suggestion: examine routing alternatives. Overhang is a rare issue but when it comes up and you are wanting to overhang in excess of 15′ you are going to have trouble. This is the case anytime you want to exceed the basic rule which is more than 1/3 of the overall shipment length; you just don’t do it as it’s too dangerous and the South Carolina DOT knows it.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

The 1 half hour after sunrise and 1 half hour before sunset rule applies. Travel is permitted Monday through Saturday with no travel permitted on Sundays. It is possible to get Sunday travel approved but the basic rule is “no travel on Sundays“. If you are allowed to travel on a Sunday it will be clearly stated on your travel permit.  You may not travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Independence day, Labor day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may not travel past 12 noon on the day previous of the holiday day and until after 12 noon on the day after the holiday. In high traffic density areas you are not allowed to travel from 7 AM -9 Am and 3 PM – 6PM if you are in excess of 14′ in width. If you are 16′ in width or over, on Saturdays you are only permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM with no travel before or after permitted in any locations.

When pilot cars are required.
A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when:

Length: Length is tricky in South Carolina, call the DOT to make sure. Leave your comments below for others please.
Width: From 12′ to 14′ in width will require 1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) on 2 lane roads. 14′ to 16′ in width will require 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all roads in the state. If your shipment is over 16′ in width you will be required to have 3 pilot cars (escort vehicles) 1 front, 1 rear and 1 police escort in the rear.
Height: It all depends on your routing. You could be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) with a height pole the entire trip if you are 13′ 7″  (seriously). Please share your expertise with others below.
Weight: If you are approved for weight and able to maintain the minimum speed requirements the South Carolina DOT permit office will probably not require you to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).
Overhang: If your pulling a 48′ or a 53′ (just to clarify) long trailer and you have less than 15′ of overhang you can probably get away with flagging or amber lighting your shipment instead of a rear pilot car (escort vehicle). Anything over the 15′ mark and forget it you will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

The South Carolina DOT is pretty relaxed on pilot cars. You are required to have the proper banner/sign stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” displayed either prominently on the top of the vehicle or on the front of lead vehicles or rear of chase vehicles. You must have a flashing or strobing amber light on the top of the vehicle that is visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. You are required to have a CB radio or 2 way communication device and be in communication with all drivers working on your shipment. You are required to have your headlights turned on while working.

Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Shipment, truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

Amber lights: you are required to have 1 rotating or strobing rear amber light on any vehicle that is  shipping a load in excess of 12′ in width. Flags in safety colored orange or red with a minimum length in any direction of 12″ must be mounted on the 4 outer most corners of the entire overall shipment. Banner signs stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD” must be placed on the rear and front of the overall shipment. Banner signs must have a letter height of no less than 12′ and have a letter thickness of no less than 1 1/2″. Banner signs must have a yellow background with black lettering.

South Carolina DOT & information.
South Carolina DOT contact and other useful information:

Address:
South Carolina Department of Transportation – DOT
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC  39202

Telephone help line: 803-737-6769
Fax number: 803-737-2199
Hours of operation: 8 AM until 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday – EASTERN TIME ZONE.
South Carolina DOT oversize/overweight information website.
South Carolina DOT road closures and conditions reports.
South Carolina guidelines for movement of oversize and overweight loads.
South Carolina do it yourself single trip permit application – warning you can loose your money if you are not trained.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the South Carolina State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

These are the Pennsylvania state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Pennsylvania.

 Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

Pennsylvania DOT regulations for oversize trucking and shipping.

PA DOT regulations for oversize trucking.

Tucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in the state of Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania trucking company directory.
Pennsylvania pilot car company directory.

Legal load limits.
Pennsylvania DOT legal load size & weight limitations and restrictions:

Length: The maximum typical length overall is 70′ long in divided roads and 60′ on undivided roads and highways.
Width: You can figure up to 8′ 6″ on the major routes however some routes are restricted to only 8′. Be sure to check with the PA DOT is you aren’t going to always be on a major route.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal allowed height of any shipment.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 6′ off of the rear of the trailer.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the PA DOT:

Length: 120′ is about it unless you are only traveling on a 4 lane highway which is about 160′ in length depending on the route you wish to take. Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload.
Width: You can figure on about 15′ wide for a routine permit. If traveling on only the major routes you can get 16′ in width routinely. Anything over 16′ wide however is considered a superload.
Height: 14′ 6″ is about the maximum for height. Anything that is over 16′ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Single axle: 27,000 lbs., tandem axles: 52,000 lbs., tridum exles: 72,000 lbs. Gross weights are: 5 axles 116,000 to 120,000 lbs., 6 axles: 127,000 to 147,000 lbs., 7 axles: 136,000 to 174,000 lbs., 8 axles: 136,000 to 201,000 lbs. Once you get over 201,000 lbs in weight you are considered a superload.
Overhang: Case by case depending on routing and how much you are overall with/without overhang.

Superload information.
Pennsylvania superload information:

We don’t have a lot of info on PA superloads so if you have any to share please do so for our other visitors using the simple form on the bottom.

Length: Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Width: Any shipment in excess of 16′ in width is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Height: The height in PA is pretty open as they know their clearance capabilities. So, depending on your route will determine your status.
Weight: As stated previously any shipment that is in excess of 201,000 lbs is considered a superload by the PA DOT.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Pennsylvania DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

You are allowed to travel from sunrise to sunset in most areas in PA as long as it’s not within larger city limits. Ultimately you will need to refer to your permit as with most states for exact times of travel. There is no travel allowed on Sundays but you are permitted to travel until Noon on Saturdays. If you are overweight only your permit will allow you 24 hour travel 7 days a week up to 107,000 lbs. For mobile home shipments that are 16′ in width or more you are not allowed to travel of Friday or Saturday. The following holidays are no travel days as well: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may only travel up until noon on the day before the holiday if it is on a weekday.

When pilot cars are required.
If you max out over any of the below you will be required to have at least one pilot car or escort vehicle:

Length: On all roads if your shipment is over 90′ in length you will require at least one rear (chase) pilot car.
Width: 2 lanes over 13′ wide requires one front and one rear pilot car/escort. 3 lanes up to 13′ only requires one chase.
Height:  If your shipment is over 14′ 6″ in height you will be required to have a high pole escort vehicle with your load.
Weight: Not required as long as truck can maintain minimum posted traffic sppeds.
Overhang: This is decided on a case by case basis.

PA pilot car certifications.
Pennsylvania pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating within the state:

 

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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Pennsylvania State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Oregon State Shipping Regulations

Oregon State Shipping Regulations

Oregon state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Oregon state trucking regulations for oversize and overweight shipping over the road.

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Oregon can be a tough state to ship OD and OW loads. We know, we’re based out of this state. If you have any knowledge or information that you feel would be helpful to others please share it below. Thank you!

Find Oregon trucking companies and pilot cars:

Oregon pilot car and truck escorts.
Oregon heavy haul and oversize trucking companies.
Oregon oversize and over weight trucking permits.

Legal load limits in Oregon.
Oregon ODOT legal load size & weight limitations:

Length: Maximum length is determined by the trailer: 53′.
Width: 102″ or 8’6″ – if over you will be required to have a permit.
Height: The maximum height allowed in 14′. Anything over is required to have a permit to move.
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs GVW or 20,000 per single axle or 34,000 lbs on tandem axles.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 5′ off of the rear. Anything in excess is required to be permitted.
Notes: Some roads may require a permit for a 53′ trailer so be sure to check with ODOT first.

Routine issued trucking permits.
Trucking permits that ODOT will routinely issue – maximums:

Length: 80’ overall then approval could take longer depending on requested route.
Width: 15′
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 21,500 lbs., 43,000 lbs. on Tandem.  Once you exceed 98,000 lbs. you can expect permit issuance delays – be sure to visit and read state documentation link above.
Overhang: No set limitations. Done on a case by case basis depending on route.

Dozer blades that are over-width must removed and are allowed to be hauled with the dozer on same trailer even if the blade makes the shipment overweight. Make sure that you tell the ODOT permits office that you are shipping a dozer so they document it on your permit. For annual permits that are over-length and over-weight 48′ trailers are permitted to travel on some length restricted highways. Highway 395 from Pendleton, OR to John Day, OR is a good example as well as and highway 25 which spans the entire state will allow some divisible loads that exceed 80,000 pounds. These types of permits can be obtained from the Port of Entry or from the Oregon DMV for $8. Simply contact them at any of the offices listed below. If you are shipping anything overweight or oversize in Oregon you want to refer to the  Oregon State informationissued guide  for more detailed information. This is pretty much a must read for shipping in this state, especially if you are transporting items through the state off of I-5.

Superload information.
Oregon superload information:

Length: Loads that are over 150 in length are considered superloads.
Width: Loads over 16′ wide in the interstate (I-5) and (I-84) or over 14′ wide on 2 lane highways. If over 16′ wide you must obtain approval from the districts it is travelling through.
Height: Any load in excess of 17′ tall is considered a superload.
Notes: Superloads will take extra time to process permits so plan on it.

When pilot cars are required in Oregon.
You will be required to have pilot cars if you meet any of the following:

On Interstate, many 2 lane highways in districts closer to Portland:
Length: Over 120′ – 1 escort, over 140′ – as required on permit
Width: Over 14′ – 1 escort, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort

On GREEN routes:
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort, over 14′ – 2 escorts, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 pilotcar/truck escot.
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Most other 2 lane routes:
Width: Over 9′ – 1 pilot car/truck escort.
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort
Length: Over 95′ – 1 escort, over 120′ – 2 escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.
Note: There are other places in Oregon that may require pilotcars/truck escorts so be sure to check with ODOT first before committing to transport anything within this state.

To clarify the information above be sure to refer to the Oregon pilot car attachments and requirements for operating pilot cars and in all districts in Oregon.

Oregon Pilot Car Vehicle Requirements:

Passenger car, pickups or truck tractor of legal size & weight with a 5’x10″  “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign with black letters (8″ high x 1″ minimum thickness) on a yellow background mounted on top of the vehicle. Two amber strobing or flashing lights widely spaced apart with a minimum of a 4″ diameter lens with a minimum of 35 candlepower rating with at least 30 rotations per minute or a revolving light with a minimum of 125 square inches of dome surface with at least 30 rotations per minute. Must be clearly visible from 360 degrees and mounted above vehicle roof. Minimum distance of visibility is 500′. CB or two way radio, two hand held red flags (a minimum of 18″ square) mounted on 3′ minimum staffs, eight safety flares and at least 2 reflective triangles. You can learn more about pilot car and escort requirements on the ODOT website.

Oregon Pilot Car Operator Requirements and certifications:
Oregon does not require a person to be certified to operate a pilot car. If you intend on controlling traffic you must obtain a flaggers license. ODOT has a authorized flagger certification class at: Chemeketa Community College. The class takes about 4 hours. You can find more information here or contact Larry Ralphs at 503-399-5181.

Travel times & restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset Monday thru Friday and until noon on Saturdays. Continuous travel is permitted if your heavy only and should be noted on permit. Travel prohibited on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, from noon on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day to 1/2 hour before sunrise on the following Monday & from 2 pm on Christmas eve until 1/2 hour before sunrise on the 1st business day following Christmas.

Oregon State DOT (ODOT) Trucking Information website:

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Oregon Motor Carrier Transportation Division – Over-Dimensional Permit Unit.
Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
Motor Carrier Transport OS/OD Permit Unit
550 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR   97301
Hours: 8am – 5pm  Monday – Friday

ODOT oversize information website.
Oregon road closures and conditions.

For oversize trucking permits phone: 503-373-0000
The normal hours of operation for the Motor Carrier Transport Division is Monday thru Friday 7 am until 5 pm. Closed every Wednesday from Noon until 1 pm for staff meetings.

Note: When applying in Oregon for over weight permits you should know they have a strict bridge formula which may delay permit issuance depending on route. Also some counties require permits for travel as well so be sure to ask. Permits are valid for 10 days only.

Trip Permits: (503) 378-6699
Fuel Permits: (503) 373-1634

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Oregon State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Ohio State Shipping Regulations

Ohio State Shipping Regulations

Ohio DOT trucking regulations, laws and rules for shipping oversize and overweight on the state roads and highways.

Ohio DOT rules and regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

Locate trucking & pilot car companies in the state of Ohio:

Ohio trucking company directory.
Ohio pilot car company directory.

Legal load limits.

Legal load size/weight limitations:

Length: The Ohio DOT has no maximum length set that we know of. We do know that if the overall shipment is over 90′ in length that a pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Height: 13′ 6″ in the maximum allowed shipping height as per Ohio DOT without a permit.
Width: 8′ 6″ in the maximum width allowed to travel on Ohio roads.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW and we know that the basic rule of 20,000 on any single axle applies.
Overhang: We have no information on overhang at this time. Please comment below if you have knowledge.

Routine trucking permits.

Routine trucking permit limits:

Length: Anything over 90′ will require a pilot car/escort vehicle.
Width: 14′ is the maximum width considered on routine issued permits. Routing of course is the restricting factor so if you may qualify for up to (our approximation) 16′ routinely depending on your desired route.
Height: 14′ 6″ in the maximum for routinely issued permits. Of course routing is the qualifier. If your shipment is 14′ 6″ or over you will be required to have a high pole escort.
Weight: Single axle: 29,000 lbs. Tandem axles: 36,000 lbs if axle spacing is a minimum of 4′ 1″ and up to a whopping 50,000 lbs if  your axle spacings are more than the 4′ 1″ but not more than 16′. Tridem axles: 60,000 lbs maximum if your axle spacing is less than 4′ and 53,000 lbs if your axle spacing is more than 4′ but less than 16′. Quadem: 60,000 (as long as GVW is not over 120,000 lbs). 5 axles (single-tandem-tandem): 29,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs = 121,000 lbs maximum total per group of axles.  However; in order to do this you have to have a minimum of a 51′ outer bridge and a 36′ inner bridge in order to heavy haul on a 5 axle setup. 6 axles: (single-tandem-tridum); 29,000 lbs, 46,000 lbs, 53,000 lbs = 128,000 lbs total maximum per group of axles. 7 axles: (single-tridum-tridum); 29,000 lbs – 53,000 lbs – 53,000 lbs = 135,000 lbs total maximum weight allowed. 8 axles: (single-tandem-tandem-tridum); 29,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs -46,000 lbs – 53,000 = 174,000 lbs maximum for this kind of group setup.
Overhang: We have not located any information on routinely permitted overhang. So, we have to assume that as long as you do not want to overhang more than 1/3 of the overall length of the item being shipped you can probably get a routine permit. When you wish to exceed this basic rule (more than 1/3 overhang) you create a potentially dangerous situation. If you have any knowledge on routine overhang in Ohio please share it with others below.

Notes: As long as the GVW is not over 120,000 lbs you can use a tridem or quadem setup but you are required to have the minimum of 4′ 1″ spacing in your axles. You can go up to 132,000 lbs on a 7, 8 or 9 axle setup for your steering configuration plus 2 tridem or quadem axle groups. Please see more in superloads section below.

Superload information.

We have the following information on shipping superload shipping in the state of Ohio:

Length: Depending on your route you probably will not have any problems with length in Ohio unless you are over 160′ overall. Ohio DOT has no set limitations on length so you may not even qualify as a supleroad.
Width: Again depending on the route you intend on taking unless you are over 18′ in width you may not qualify as a superload by the Ohio DOT. While they are not too keen on wideload shipments they tend to look at these on a case by case basis which is all dependent on your routing. In some areas you 16′ may qualify you as routine. If your shipment is over 18′ in width you will be classified as a superload. We welcome your comments below.
Height:
If you are over 14′ 6″ in the state of Ohio you will be required to have a high pole escort (pilot car) in front of you the entire route. Ohio DOT may require that you notify any/all utility companies that manage obstructions on your route before you are permitted to move. It’s all about your routing in Ohio as we are sure you are learning however, Ohio DOT is very knowledgeable and you have to give them credit for that. We feel they should be a little more lenient on height issues or have published routes for routine permits  but maybe they have future plans.
Weight: For superload configurations that are in excess of 120,000 lbs gross you will most likely be required to reduce your configuration by using a jeep. Your overall minimum axle spacings will need to be no less than 65′ with the inner bridge no less than 51′. See “routine trucking permits” above for more information about required axle group spacings as your groups need a distance of no less than 4′ 1″ between each.
Overhang: Use the rule of 1/3. Read more above in “routine trucking permits”

Permitted travel times & restrictions.

Ohio DOT regulation permitted travel times and restrictions:

Basic travel times:
The basic rule of one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset applies (example; travel start time is at 1/2 hour before sunset on approved days). Ohio DOT regulations travel times are complicated due to population/traffic density consideration. ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR PHYSICAL PERMIT BEFORE COMMENCING MOVEMENT. If your shipment is over 12′ in width you are NOT allowed to travel in the list of counties and within a 25 mile radius of the cities listed below between the hours of 6:30 AM until 9 AM and from 4:30 AM until 6 PM Monday thru Friday and on Fridays,  Saturdays and Sundays you may not travel after 3 PM during the days between April 1st until November the 30th.

Holiday movement:
You are permitted to travel on the following holidays with the above rules in mind; Columbus day, George Washington’s birthday, Martin Luther King day and Veterans day. You are prohibited from traveling on the following holidays; New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The Ohio DOT permit offices are closed on all of these days.

Cities:

  • Akron
  • Canton
  • Dayton
  • Lima
  • Toledo
  • Youngstown

Counties:

  • Butler
  • Clermont
  • Cuyahoga
  • Delaware
  • Farifield
  • Geauga
  • Hamilton
  • Lake Licking
  • Lorain
  • Lucas
  • Madison
  • Mahoning
  • Medina
  • Montgomery
  • Pickaway
  • Stark
  • Summit
  • Union
  • Warren
  • Wood

When pilot cars are required.

A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when:

Length: 1 pilot car/escort vehicle is required in the overall length of your shipment is in excess of 90′ in length.
Width: 1 pilot car/ escort vehicle is required for shipments in excess of 13′ wide. If on a 2 lane road the pilot car needs to be in the lead position and on 4 lane roads the rear chase position is required. If the width is greater than 14′ 6″ wide then you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Height: If the height of you shipment is in excess of 14′ 6″ in height you are required to have 1 front/lead pilot car/escort vehicle with a height pole. If the shipment is in excess of 14′ 10″ in height you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort vehicle equipped with a high pole and 1 rear chase pilot car/escort vehicle displaying a “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner. See banner/sign specifications and requirements below in “pilot car certifications & requirements” section.
Weight: There are no immediate pilot car or escort vehicle requirements for shipments that are overweight. As long as the shipment is able to maintain the minimum speed limit requirements escort is necessary. This may not be applicable towards superloads which is on  case by case basis.
Overhang: Overhang, if excessive is reviewed on a case by case basis. If your shipment is overhanging by less than 1/3 of it’s length (1/3 meaning the overall measurement of only the item being shipped) you may be required to use a flag or amber light on the rear as long as the overall length of your shipment is not excessive and overhang is not either, ie; no more than 10′ (this is only a assumption and you must clarify your requirements with the Ohio DOT).
Note: If you are required to have only 1 pilot car/escort because your shipment is only 13′ wide but your shipment requires you to have 1 pilot car/escort because you are over 90′ in length you are considered a “combination” shipment and will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements of the Ohio DOT:

Pilot car and escort vehicles operating in the state of Ohio are mandated by the Ohio DOT to have an amber light mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The amber light must strobe or flash and be clearly visible from a 360 degree angle from a distance of no less than 500′. The vehicle is required to have a single roof mounted sign or a front/rear sign (depending on if operating as a lead or chase vehicle) that is no less than 5′ in length and 12′ in height with letters no less than 8″ in height that are a minimum 1″ in thickness. The sign must be yellow in color with black lettering and state the nature of the load being shipping, either “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD”. All pilot car or escort vehicles are required to be equipped with a CB radio or powerful 2-way communication device that enables them to be in constant communication with all parties working in the movement. Pilot car vehicles are required to have a hand held paddle sign that states the words “STOP on one side and “SLOW” on the other is case traffic needs to be controlled.

Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required markings with banners, signs and flags by Ohio DOT:

A strobing or flashing amber light that is visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500 feet is required to placed on the highest point of the cab of the tractor trailer. Signs/banners that indicate the nature of the shipment, “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD” are required to be placed at the overall front and rear of the shipment. These banners must be yellow in color with black lettering and not less than 7′ in width and 18″ in height. Letters must be a minimum of 10″ in height with a 1 1/2″ line thickness. Safety flags must be mounted at the 4 outer most corners of the overall shipment and be no less than 18″ in length in either direction and be safety red or orange in color. If the shipment protrudes in any direction like overhang additional flags are required. You may be required to place flashing or strobing amber lights on any protrusions as well.

Ohio DOT & other important information.

Ohio DOT contact and other useful information:

Address:
Ohio Department of Transportation – DOT
1980 West Broad Street, Mail stop 5140
Columbus, OH  43223
Telephone help line: 614-351-2300
Fax: 614-728-4099
Permit office hours are from 7:30 AM until 4:30 – PM EASTERN TIME ZONE.
Ohio DOT special hauling permits section website.
Ohio special hauling operations manual and guide.
Ohio DOT insurance applications and permit forms.
Ohio road conditions, construction zones and alerts.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Ohio State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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North Dakota Shipping Regulations

North Dakota Shipping Regulations

North Dakota DOT state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

 

North Dakota heavy haul rules and limits for pilot cars.

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North Dakota State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize shipping and transport.

North Dakota State Trucking information website: http://www.nd.gov/ndhp/permits/permits.html

Legal Loads.
Length: 75’ overall on non-designated highways
110’ overall on designated highways.
Weight: 80,000 GVW
Width: 8’ 6”
Height: 14’

North Dakota State

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 110’
Weight: Steer 12,100 lbs., Single 24,000 lbs., Tandem 45,000 lbs., Tridem 60,000 lbs., 4 axles 73,200 lbs., 5 axles 103,200 lbs., 6 axles 118,000 lbs., 7 axles 126,000 lbs.
Width: 18’
Height: 15’ 6”

How to apply for oversize transport and shipping permits.
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Motor Carrier Operations
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 504
Bismark, ND  58505-0240

Phone: 701-328-2621
Fax: 701-328-1642

Basic Permit costs $20 and is valid for 5 days.  Applications can be printed here.

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.
Width: 2 lanes  over 14’6” requires 1 front pilot car.  4 lanes over 16’ requires 1 rear pilot car. 2 lanes over 16’ requires 1 front pilot car and 1 rear pilot car.
Height: Over 18’ requires 1 front pilot car.
Length: Over 120’ requires 1 rear pilot car.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel is permitted from sunrise to sunset.  Travel permitted all weekend up to 16′ wide or 110′ in length. Continuous travel also permitted if heavy only.  When hauling a dozer the blade has to be attached when over weight.

 

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the North Dakota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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